SiRT not in­ves­ti­gat­ing ac­tions of po­lice at fa­tal ac­ci­dent

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY NIKKI SUL­LI­VAN ni­cole.sul­li­van@cb­

Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice are not be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Se­ri­ous In­ci­dent Re­sponse Team (SiRT) in re­la­tion to a fa­tal mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent early Sunday morn­ing.

The ac­ci­dent re­sulted in the death of 17-year-old Joneil Hanna from North Syd­ney, who was walk­ing home from a grad party when hit.

“SiRT has not been asked to in­ves­ti­gate,” con­firmed spokesper­son Felix Cac­chione, in a phone in­ter­view with the Cape Bre­ton Post.

He said the man­date of SiRT is to in­ves­ti­gate “se­ri­ous in­ci­dents in­volv­ing po­lice” such as a car ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a po­lice ve­hi­cle or some­one break­ing an arm dur­ing an ar­rest.

Peo­ple in the com­mu­nity have voiced out­rage at po­lice who re­sponded to Sunday’s ac­ci­dent, which hap­pened around 3 a.m., be­cause po­lice didn’t give the driver of the ve­hi­cle a breath­a­lyzer test. Po­lice say they did not is­sue a breath­a­lyzer de­mand was be­cause they had no rea­son­able cause to do so.

Through so­cial me­dia, many peo­ple have stated they be­lieve the fact there was a grad party with a large num­ber of peo­ple close by should have been enough rea­son­able cause, but Cac­chione said it is not .

“Be­cause an in­ci­dent oc­curs one or two kilo­me­tres from a party doesn’t pro­vide rea­son­able grounds that the per­son was in­tox­i­cated from al­co­hol or drugs.”

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